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Washington D.C. is a city unlike any other,
with its green open spaces, historic marble landmarks and
world-famous museums. Exploring this cosmopolitan city is a joy in
and of itself, its eccentric neighbourhoods supporting a thriving
cultural scene with scores of top-notch restaurants, shops and
evening entertainment. The US capital is an international hub of
power and diplomacy, commanding the political centre stage for one
of the most powerful nations in the world and representing all the
democratic ideals that the country takes pride in.
The city also hosts millions of tourists
annually who come to explore famous sights such as the domed US
Capitol, the stately White House, Lincoln Memorial and the soaring
Washington Monument. The most well-known sights are located along
the National Mall, a green park stretching from the US Capitol to
the Lincoln Memorial on the Potomac River, and include several
memorials to great US presidents of the past, as well as the
outstanding museums of the Smithsonian Institute. As an added
bonus, almost all major attractions in the city are free.
Besides political and historical sights,
Washington is a city of interesting neighbourhoods, each with its
own character and culture. The most famous of these is historic
Georgetown, with elegant colonial houses, boutiques, fancy
restaurants and a lively nightlife. One of the most colourful
neighbourhoods is the bohemian district of Adams-Morgan with an
assortment of eclectic shops, while the arty suburb of Dupont
Circle is an affluent business and residential area, with excellent
restaurants, art galleries and stores that forms the centre of
D.C.'s gay community.
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